By the united aid of medals, manuscripts, and inscriptions, I am enabled to say, positively, that the borough of Vondervotteimittiss has existed, from its origin, in precisely the same condition which it at present preserves.
The oldest man in the borough can remember not the slightest difference in the appearance of any portion of it; and, indeed, the very suggestion of such a possibility is considered an insult.
Now, "Old Charley Goodfellow," although he had been in Rattleborough not longer than six months or thereabouts, and although nobody knew any thing about him before he came to settle in the neighborhood, had experienced no difficulty in the world in making the acquaintance of all the respectable people in the borough.
The poor gentleman had been tracked, by his horses shoes (which were peculiar), to a spot about three miles to the east of the borough, on the main road leading to the city.
And these were doubtless the qualifications by which Mr Allworthy's friend had been induced to recommend him; though indeed this friend had some obligations to Thwackum's family, who were the most considerable persons in a borough
which that gentleman represented in parliament.
This honourable name had figured constantly also in the Parliamentary list for many years, in conjunction with that of a number of other worthy gentlemen who sat in turns for the borough
I have seen elections for borough
and county, and have never been impelled (no matter which party won) to damage my hat by throwing it up into the air in triumph, or to crack my voice by shouting forth any reference to our Glorious Constitution, to the noble purity of our independent voters, or, the unimpeachable integrity of our independent members.
He offered--not indeed to pay his debts, but to let him sit for a close borough
until his own son came of age, which, if he lived, would come to pass in twenty years.
Thirty years ago there stood, a few doors short of the church of Saint George, in the borough
of Southwark, on the left-hand side of the way going southward, the Marshalsea Prison.
In such a neighborhood, beyond Dockhead in the Borough
of Southwark, stands Jacob's Island, surrounded by a muddy ditch, six or eight feet deep and fifteen or twenty wide when the tide is in, once called Mill Pond, but known in the days of this story as Folly Ditch.
Yes, yes, that's all very well,' says Podsnap; 'but have you made up your mind to take this borough
of Pocket-Breaches on its own terms, or do you ask my opinion whether you shall take it or leave it alone?
Even political principle must have been in danger of relaxation under such circumstances; and the violin, faithful to rotten boroughs
, must have been tempted to fraternize in a demoralizing way with a reforming violoncello.